Sen. Enrile, pinapipigil sa Korte Suprema ang suspensyon na ipinataw sa kanya ng Sandiganbayan

admin   •   October 8, 2014   •   2226

FILE PHOTO : Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Muling dumulog sa Korte Suprema si Senador Juan Ponce Enrile upang iapela ang suspensyon na ipinataw sa kanya ng Sandiganbayan dahil sa kinakaharap na kasong plunder.

Ipinatupad ng senado noong September 1 ang suspensyon ni Enrile at epektibo ito hanggang sa katapusan ng Nobyembre.

Sa kanyang inihaing petition for certiorari, hiniling ni Enrile sa katas-taasang hukuman na maglabas ng status quo order o kaya ay temporary restraining order upang pigilin ang Sandiganbayan Third Division na ipatupad ang kautusan.

Hiniling din ng senador na tuluyang ipawalang-bisa ang suspensyon sa kanya ng korte.

Ikinatwiran nito na hindi pa naman siya napatutunayang may sala sa kinakaharap na kasong plunder kaugnay ng pork barrel scam.

Dahil umano sa suspension order ay hindi nito magagampanan ang kanyang tungkulin bilang mambabatas at lider ng minorya sa senado.

Magiging malaking kawalan umano ito sa mga Pilipinong bumoto sa kanya.

Sinabi pa ni Enrile na bilang senador na nasa ilalim ng kapantay na sangay ng pamahalaan ay walang kapangyarihan ang hudikatura particular ang Sandiganbayan na suspendihin siya sa pwesto.

Ngunit ayon sa tagapagsalita ng Sandiganbayan, preventive ang ipinataw na suspension ng korte dahil sa kaso ni Enrile.

Iba umano ito sa suspensyon na ipinapataw ng senado bilang parusa sa mga miyembro ito.

“Iba iyong disciplinary power ng both houses of Congress to punish its members for disorderly behavior which is found in the constitution from the judicial power of the Sandiganbayan found in the law,” paliwanag ni Sandiganbayan spokesperson Atty. Renato Bocar.

Wala na rin umano itong magiging epekto sa paglilitis ng korte sa kaso ng senador.

“Baka walang gawin ang Sandiganbayan diyan, maaaring madismiss kaagad iyan kung walang makitang merit,” saad pa ni Bocar.

“Nowadays wala nang epekto  yung anoman ang iakyat ng isang akusado sa Supreme Court unless na may inissue na temporary restraining order ang court.”

Una nang kinatigan ng Korte Suprema ang kapangyarihan ng Sandiganbayan na magsuspinde ng isang mambabatas.

Noong 2001, pinagtibay ng korte ang suspensyon kay Senador Miriam Santiago.

Ngunit hindi na ito naipatupad dahil na-dismiss na ang kaso laban kay Santiago nang ibaba ng Korte Suprema ang desisyon nito.

Tatlong mga kongresista pa ang pinatawan din ng suspensyon ng Sandiganbayan kabilang na si Pampanga Congresswoman Gloria Arroyo ngunit hindi naman ito ipinatupad ng mababang kapulungan ng kongreso. (Roderic Mendoza / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Supreme Court suspends work at all courts Monday afternoon for Family Week

Robie de Guzman   •   September 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday announced that work at all courts nationwide will be suspended at 3:30 p.m. on Monday in line with the observance of Family Week.

“Chief Justice Peralta leads the Judiciary in celebrating Family Week pursuant to Proclamation No. 60 (s.1992),” the SC Public Information Office (PIO) said in an advisory posted on its Twitter account.

“Work in all courts nationwide today shall only be until 3:30PM, to encourage court employees to spend more time with their families,” it added.

Under Presidential Proclamation No. 60 (s. of 1992), the last week of September of every year is declared as Family Week.

Malacañang earlier announced that work in government agencies under the executive branch will also be shortened on Monday afternoon to allow workers to celebrate Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga Day.

The Palace also encouraged other branches of the government, independent commissions and the private sector to do the same.

However, agencies whose functions involve the delivery of basic and health and services, preparedness/response to disasters and calamities, and/or the performance of other vital services are exempted from the work suspension.

SC ‘considering’ online bar exams, CJ Peralta says

Marje Pelayo   •   September 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) is considering holding the next bar examinations virtually.

At Thursday’s Senate hearing on the Judiciary’s proposed 2021 budget, Senator Francis Tolentino cited that there are several states in the United States that are gearing towards online bar examinations.

According to Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta, they are looking into the said move.

The SC has decided to postpone the 2020 bar examinations due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

It is expected to be held in November this year in conjunction with the 2021 bar examinations.

Next year’s bar exams will be held simultaneously at three sites located in Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Associate justice and 2020 bar examination chairman Marvic Leonen confirmed that the team of the bar chair has been studying the possibility of conducting online but proctored bar exams or a mix of online and written exams in more than two places as part of bar reform.

“Definitely, the bar examinations will not be conducted as it was before,” he said.

“We have to embrace a better normal that is safe, effective and equitable taking advantage of the best digital formats while at the same time acknowledging issues of security and accessibility for some bar applicants,” he added.
 
Leonen said he has already “provided general briefings to the Court en banc but have not yet made a firm proposal until we have worked out all the logistical and security issues.”
 
“I am also in constant consultation with members of the Court and the bar chairs that will succeed me in 2022, 2023 and 2024,” he added.
 
 Leonen said that in the coming months, pilot tests will be done to see the viability of various proposals for the conduct of future bar exams. 

Next Bar exams will be held in November 2021, Supreme Court says

Robie de Guzman   •   September 8, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The next Bar examinations will be scheduled in November 2021, the Supreme Court announced Tuesday.

In a bulletin posted on its Twitter account, Bar Examinations chairperson, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said the examination periods and venues for the next licensure test for aspiring lawyers will be announced in a separate bulletin.

It can be recalled that the high court postponed this year’s Bar exams “due to increasing number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the prevailing quarantine protocols all over nation, and the continuing uncertainty.”

Before the coronavirus pandemic, the SC traditionally holds the Bar examinations in November of every year and announces the results either in April or May the following year.

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